This is summer: gardens

This Sunday 6 July don't miss the second in our four-part summer series - a free gardens magazine.

Followed by:

July 13th - Travel

July 20th - Kids



One of summer’s great pleasures is the garden, whether your own or someone else’s. But great gardens don’t get that way by themselves... They require love and attention, so it’s worth putting in some hours while the weather is fine, and you will be rewarded with a haven for the long sunny days ahead (well, we hope).

The Independent on Sunday’s resident garden expert is Emma Townshend who “was a postgrad at Cambridge researching Victorian horticulture when I first got into gardening. I have a fairly small west London plot, so to compensate I like interfering in other people's”.

Between her weekly column in The New Review and blog , Emma discusses the four main features of British gardens – lawns, flowers, growing your own produce and decorative plants. She has something wise and witty to say about all of them, plus useful tips and kit.

Meanwhile, for those who don’t have the space, time or inclination to pull on the wellies and gloves, Christopher Hirst has chosen Britain’s most beautiful and imaginative gardens to visit. Among them you’ll find everything from ancient borders to modern sculptures, flamboyant colours to muted grasses. All worth packing a picnic and making a day of it.

To while away the twilight hours, keen gardeners will use their green fingers and thumbs to leaf through our selection of gardening books chosen by Katy Guest; meanwhile there are ideas aplenty in a wide-ranging list of websites for all things green – from where to buy bulbs to how to operate a wormery.

And it's time to throw away those splintery deckchairs and worn-through knee pads; just take a look at Sarah Harris’s shopping pages. Even the most thrifty gardener will want to splash out...

If you have missed any of the guides and would like to purchase a copy, please click here

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Manager / Sales - OTE £45,000

£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a solutions / s...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - OTE £45,000

£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...

Recruitment Genius: Test Development Engineer

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Motor Engineer

£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific